American Idol Auditions Coming to Baton Rouge this Weekend

August 20, 2019

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Know someone who could be the next American Idol? After the success of south Louisiana's own Laine Hardy last year, American Idol is coming back to see us! They'll be holding auditions in Baton Rouge this Sunday.

Hilton Baton Rouge Capital Center
201 Lafayette St.
Baton Rouge, LA 70801
Sunday, August 25, 2019

Auditions are expected to start around 9am on Sunday, but they suggest you get there early at around 6am if possible (no camping overnight).

To qualify to audition, you have to be between the ages of 15-28 and complete a few documents you can find online here. You must bring a valid ID with you as proof of age. You are allowed one person to be with you. Under 18, you must bring a parent or guardian or have them sign a release in advance. No kids under 5 are allowed to be at the auditons at all.


What should I wear to the auditions?
Please do not wear any clothingorbring any items that have designer names, corporate or sports teamnames or logos, copyrighted images, celebrity names or images (living or dead), cartoon character images or inappropriate messages or words (for example, profanity).  If you do wear such clothing, you may be required to remove it,turn it inside out or put on additional clothing to cover it.If you have any tattoos that contain anycorporate or sports names or logos, copyrighted images,celebrity namesor images(living or dead), cartoon characterimagesor inappropriate message or words(for example, profanity), please cover the tattoo for your audition.

What should I sing at the auditions?
Be prepared to sing a song of your choice either a cappella(without music) or with your own instrumental accompaniment (e.g., a guitar).  You should be prepared to sing at least two or possibly three songs.  If you are called back to audition further, you may be asked again to sing two songs a cappella, one of which mayor may notbe from a list that will be provided to you by the Producerat that time.  The other song, if requested by Producer, may be a song of your choice. All rules and procedures are subject to change at Producer's sole and absolute discretion.

Will everyone in line have the opportunity to audition?
This will depend on how many people show up for the auditions. Although we would love to audition everyone who registers, it may be impossible given time constraints built into our schedule. There is no guarantee that everyone who registers will be given the opportunity to audition. If time is running short, Producer may select people to audition (regardless of how early they arrived) based on performing ability, style, personality and other factors, at Producer’s sole discretion.   

Are auditions by appointment or is it "cattle call" style?
Auditions are not by appointment. All those auditioningin each city will appear at the same designated place during the times determined by the Producers. Producer may, at its sole and absolute discretion, select any eligible person to advance further in the audition process and/or participate in the American Idol®competition regardless of whether the eligible person has attended any of the audition cities listed above or auditioned in any other manner available (e.g., social media auditions, online auditions, live auditions).

Can I bring a musical instrument with me to the first round of auditions?
You may use a musical instrument (e.g., a guitar) during the local city auditions.  Use of musical instruments may or may not be allowed later inthe audition process. You may, of course, use it privately during your free time.

What can I bring with me to the auditions?
The list below is not exhaustive and even if an item is listed below, the producers and security reserve the right to ask you to remove any such items from the audition location.  Any items you bring are your responsibility and all bags are subject to search: - Banners - Blankets - Bottled water - Cell phones(note that you are not permitted to record videos during the audition process) - Digital or stillcameras (no video cameras) - Hats - Small bags

Are there any important suggestions for the audition day?
Please be sure to eat something prior to coming to the registration and auditions.  While concessions may be available at the locations, it is important to eat before you get in line in order to keep your energy level up.  Remember, breakfast is the most important meal of the day and this could be the most important audition of your life!It would also be a good idea to bring some bottled water with you to the line onaudition day.